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Building Services Maintenance Assistant

Central Physics

Applications are invited for a Building Services Maintenance Assistant within the Building Services Team of the Department of Physics, University of Oxford. The post is permanent and full-time.

The successful candidate will be an integral part of the Building Services Team. This is a varied and busy role providing service to the large and diverse Department.

The main responsibilities of the Maintenance Assistant are to work closely with the Building Services Technician in all lifting and moving of large items for the department, waste recycling work of the larger items the department generates, to assist with room refurbishments and office moves and other associated tasks.

Applicants should demonstrate a willingness to work with a customer service mentality, hold a full UK driving licence, possess basic computer skills with an ability to use Microsoft outlook and Ideally, the successful candidate will have a good understanding of health and safety in the workplace.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate strong communication skills, an attention to detail, numerical ability and a proven organised approach to work, as well as a positive and enthusiastic manner.

Possessing a forklift drivers licence, a current first aid certification, and having been part of a fire response team will all be advantageous.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Graham Sillman
( graham.sillman@physics.ox.ac.uk)

Only applications received before midday Friday 1st June 2018 can be considered. You will be required to upload a supporting statement, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 4 June 2018 by 12:00 midday


 

NQIT Communications Manager (Maternity Cover)

Atomic and Laser Physics

A maternity cover position is available for an experienced communications expert who is keen to lead the communications strategy for a high profile flagship research project led by the University of Oxford.

The size and complexity of this strategically critical award presents a rare opportunity for someone looking to embrace fast moving communications challenges in a world leading research environment, together with management of a wide and varied programme of internal and public facing events. Effective communication with consortium members, partners, stakeholders and the public is crucial to the Hub’s mission and this role is vital to the delivery of these objectives.

The Networked Quantum Information Technology Hub (NQIT) Hub builds on the world’s most advanced quantum technologies to develop practical technologies in entirely new sectors. It is funded by a £38m grant awarded to a consortium of nine universities and is supported by a number of commercial and governmental partners. As part of EPSRC’s £270m National Quantum Technologies Programme, the Hub has an international profile and corresponding responsibilities to achieve the highest levels of success. More information can be found at nqit.ox.ac.uk.

Applicants should either possess a sciences degree or evidence of the ability to engage rapidly and effectively with unfamiliar technical material. Understanding of quantum information and previous experience of working in a university environment are not essential as this role also has an industry focus. However, excellent communication skills gained with a variety of media and evidence of successful oral and written presentation of technical material are essential. Candidates will be expected to have demonstrable experience in the ability to liaise effectively with wide range of people including the general public, internal staff, industrial collaborators and funding agencies.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Frances Sweeney (frances.sweeney@physics.ox.ac.uk).

You will be required to upload a supporting statement, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Monday 21 May 2018 can be considered.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 4 June 2018 by 12:00 midday


 

Head of IT

Central Physics

This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the largest departments within the University of Oxford and one of the leading Physics departments in the world.

We are looking for a driven professional to manage responsive and facilitative IT support, within the context of the IT infrastructure of the University, to meet the evolving needs of our academics, staff and students. The role is permanent and full time.

You’ll be an excellent manager, with a strong customer focus, able to lead an existing, stable team of skilled IT professionals. We need a person with vision who can work with us to ensure that the IT strategy is forward thinking, cost effective and aligned with the wider departmental strategy.

You will be a graduate in a relevant subject, with previous senior management experience in an IT role and will have previously delivered complex IT projects. You’ll need to be able to explain technology clearly to all levels of user and have the enthusiasm and motivational skills to lead change.

Interviews for the role are likely be held week commencing 2nd July 2018.

The Department of Physics holds an Athena Swan Silver award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

(nicola.small@physics.ox.ac.uk)

Only applications received before midday (UK time) Wednesday 13th June 2018 can be considered. You will be required to upload a supporting statement, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 13 June 2018 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in DNA Nanotechnology applied to Molecular Additive Manufacture

Condensed Matter

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in DNA Nanotechnology applied to Molecular Additive Manufacture.

We propose to demonstrate a first-generation molecular printer, a prototype system for atomically precise manufacturing that seeks to produce materials and devices with each atom in its designated position. The molecular printer will use externally programmed motion to enable construction by site-specific chemical additions and modifications to a workpiece. We envision first-generation molecular printers implemented as DNA origami frameworks constructed with sub-nanometre precision by self-assembly. These prototypes will be actuated by cycles of DNA strand displacement and will achieve positioning accuracies on the order of one nanometre. They will allow exploration of the potential of molecular additive manufacture, with the aim of initiating a process of technological development which will continue until atomically precise construction becomes a practical manufacturing technology. This project is a collaboration with Prof. William Shih, Harvard University.

The successful candidate will develop techniques for the design, construction, and characterization of synthetic DNA nanomachines capable of molecular additive manufacture with nanometre precision. Candidates are expected to demonstrate competence in and will carry out management of research activities; development of scientific techniques and experimental protocols; use of specialist scientific equipment; contribution of research ideas; testing hypotheses and analysis of data; collaboration on all aspects of research, including preparation of scientific reports, journal articles and presentation of papers and posters. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in a relevant research field.
Previous experience in molecular self-assembly and nanostructure fabrication, single-molecule biophysics, molecular engineering or other relevant research field will be an advantage.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Andrew Turberfield (andrew.turberfield@physics.ox.ac.uk)

Only applications received before midday (UK time) 15th June 2018 can be considered. You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 15 June 2018 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in DNA Nanotechnology applied to Structural Studies of Viral and Cell Biology

Condensed Matter

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in DNA Nanotechnology applied to Structural Studies of Viral and Cell Biology.
The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration until 31st August 2018.

Measurement of the spatial organisation of biomolecules is essential for expanding our knowledge of basic cell biology. Electron cryotomography has recently matured into an important cell biological method to build three-dimensional reconstructions of cells and viruses at unprecedented levels of detail. This project will develop a new technology for the use of DNA nanostructure tags to identify specific molecules and processes within these tomograms, enabling the study of cellular processes in molecular detail. A specific focus will be the structures and infection mechanisms of herpes viruses, a family of large enveloped DNA viruses that constitute a major public health concern due to their worldwide prevalence, ease of spread, and severity of the associated symptoms including fatal encephalitis, meningitis and cancer. The project is a collaboration between the Turberfield (DNA Nanotechnology) and Grünewald (Structural Biology) groups.

The successful candidate will develop techniques for the design, construction, selection, and characterization of synthetic DNA nanostructures to be used as localization markers in cellular tomograms and in the selection and testing of aptamers used to target specific proteins. He or she will collaborate in the application of these DNA nanostructure tags in the study of mechanisms of viral infection using electron cryotomography and correlative light and electron microscopy.

Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in a relevant research field.
Previous experience in molecular self-assembly and nanostructure fabrication, nucleic acid chemistry, or cell or structural biology will be an advantage.
Candidates are expected to demonstrate competence in: management of research activities; development of scientific techniques and experimental protocols; use of specialist scientific equipment; contribution of research ideas; testing hypotheses and analysis of data; collaboration on all aspects of research, including preparation of scientific reports, journal articles and presentation of papers and posters.
The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Andrew Turberfield (andrew.turberfield@physics.ox.ac.uk)

Only applications received before midday (UK time) 15th June 2018 can be considered. You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 15 June 2018 by 12:00 midday


 

Head of Technical Services

Central Physics

The Department of Physics is seeking an exceptionally talented Head of Technical Services.

This is a newly created role to lead the strategic direction of the key technical facilities of the department (including Mechanical and Electronic Design and Workshops), and to work closely with academics and facility leaders in ensuring that the technical resources of the department are efficiently resourced, deployed and developed to continue to support the world-leading science of the department, and to meet new and evolving challenges.

The successful candidate will lead technical teams of around 40 FTE, and be responsible for excellence in technical services supporting a department with income and expenditure in excess of £50m per annum.

Applicants should possess a degree qualification, have demonstrable experience in leading a high-tech engineering group, proven management and leadership of a diverse technical team as well as experience in project engineering and project management.

Previous experience of working in the University sector or a large diverse public sector environment will be an advantage, as will experience of change management and an interest in science.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Simon Probert

(simon.probert@physics.ox.ac.uk)

Only applications received before midday Monday 18th June 2018 can be considered.

You will be required to upload a supporting statement, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 18 June 2018 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Exoplanet Climate Theory and Simulation

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

Applications are invited for a Senior Researcher in Exoplanet Climate Theory and Simulation. The post is available for a fixed-term duration until 30th September 2022.

The post holder will join the team of the European Research Council Advanced Grant Project EXOCONDENSE, under the direction of Raymond T. Pierrehumbert, Halley Professor of Physics. The goal of the project is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the effect of condensible substances on the climate dynamics of exoplanet atmospheres. In effect, the project seeks to generalize the range of processes familiar from moist climate dynamics on Earth (involving condensation of water vapor) to the much broader range of condensible substances, equations of state, and dynamical configurations that may be encountered in exoplanet atmospheres.

The successful candidate will carry out research in either the general area of three dimensional simulation of convection with phase change, parameterization (closure) models of generalized condensible convection or condensation effects in global circulation models, according to background and interest. Cloud formation processes are of interest in connection with any of these topics.

The work will consist of developing and interpreting simulations of relevant processes, plus development of the theoretical framework needed to understand the simulations. Identifying observational signatures amenable to testing by current or future observational programs is a central goal of the program. The post holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Applicants should possess a PhD/DPhil with post-qualification research experience or equivalent and ideally a strong background in planetary atmospheres and numerical simulation of fluids.
Previous experience with cloud processes, radiative transfer and either general circulation or convection modeling will be an advantage. A demonstrated ability to initiate and conduct independent research is essential, as is a high degree of experience with programming techniques for high performance computing.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Prof. Raymond T.Pierrehumbert( raymond.pierrehumbert@physics.ox.ac.uk)

Only applications received before midday Monday Monday 2nd July 2018 can be considered. You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 2 July 2018 by 12:00 midday


 

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